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Barking Man: And Other Stories

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Ten tales of misfits in big cities and lonely backwaters, striving to free themselves from traps of their own making

In each of Bell’s ten stories, characters struggle through trying times, captives of their own bad decisions or plain bad luck. In “Black and Tan,” a farmer’s fortitude after the tragic death of his family leads him to become a savior of delinquent boys. The
ebook, 234 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 1990)
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Sep 19, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this collection of short stories! I had not heard of the author previously but will now look for his novels. Really good story-telling and good writing - these are mostly stories about social misfits, people who don't move in the mainstream.
Dec 04, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story 'Black and Tan' is among my all-time favorites. Great ending. Deep and meaningful. Other stories in the book are excellent, too.
Jun 22, 2013 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting collection of short stories, very readable and true to life but, if you're looking for happy endings, forget it!
Mark Hill
Custom of the Country is one of my favorite stories in this collection. I like all of them, though!
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Madison Smartt Bell is a critically acclaimed writer of more than a dozen novels and story collections, as well as numerous essays and reviews for publications such as Harper’s and the New York Times Book Review. His books have been finalists for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, among other honors. Bell has also taught at distinguished creative writing programs including th ...more
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